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Kuhlau & Malling - Piano Quartets | Dacapo 6220591

Kuhlau & Malling - Piano Quartets

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Label: Dacapo

Cat No: 6220591

Barcode: 0747313159161

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd May 2019

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About

The prizewinning Copenhagen Piano Quartet presents works by composers cosmopolitan and conservative, but each brimming with charm. German-born Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832) declared his Piano Quartet No.3 ‘my best to date’, speaking of a large-scale work of drama offset by grace and highlighting the composer’s contrapuntal gift. A century later, the C minor Quartet by the ‘Danish Saint-Saëns’ Otto Malling (1848-1915) presents a perfect picture of this master craftsman’s clarity and concision while showing tantalizing signs of his sensuality too.

This release follows Copenhagen Piano Quartet’s acclaimed CD of Kuhlau’s Piano Quartets 1 & 2 (SACD 6220596) from 2015.

German-born Friedrich Kuhlau was a leading figure in what posterity has dubbed the Danish Golden Age.

From the outset, Kuhlau stated that he intended to write three piano quartets. With this new release, Kuhlau’s complete piano quartets are available in recordings by the young and rising Copenhagen Piano Quartet.

Otto Malling was a Danish composer and organ player and the pupil of J.P.E. Hartmann and Niels W. Gade. In 1903 Malling wrote his one and only Piano Quartet, which was also his very last chamber work to compose.

Copenhagen Piano Quartet:
- Benedikte Damgaard (violin)
- Kristina Fialova (viola)
- Adam Stadnicki (cello)
- Neel Bramsnæs Teilmann (piano)

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